Guelph Royals suffer fifth consecutive setback
TORONTO – The Toronto Maple Leafs connected for three runs in the eighth inning to slip by the Guelph Royals 8-6 as the Royals’ Intercounty Baseball League losing skid reached five games.
The Royals, who scored twice in the top of the first inning, clawed their way back from a 5-2 deficit after four innings to pull into a 5-5 tie after six innings. However, Toronto’s three runs in the bottom of the eighth gave them the win at their home Dominico Field at Christie Pits Sunday.
The free fall has left the Royals seventh in the eight-team league at 7-11. Toronto vaulted over the locals into sixth at 7-10.
Sean Reilly belted a two-run homer in the first inning for the Royals while Josh Garton, who finished a triple short of hitting for the cycle, singled home Brendan Keys with the fifth-inning run and clubbed a solo homer in the ninth.
In the sixth, Keys and Darius Barlas hit back-to-back bases-loaded singles to add the other two runs.
Reliever Brett Lawson was tagged with the loss as he pitched the eighth inning and struggled for the first time this season. He allowed four singles and threw a wild pitch as the Leafs scored their three runs.
Garton led at the plate for the Royals with a homer, double and single while Barlas hit two singles. Reilly clobbered his homer while Jeff MacLeod and Keys each hit a single.
Ryan Santos hit four singles for Toronto while Marcus Knecht hit two doubles. Justin Marra hit a double and a single while Grant Tamane, Zac Orchard and Dan Marra each hit two singles.
Yunior Yambatis started and pitched seven innings for the Royals, giving up five runs, one earned, off 10 hits and three walks. He also had three strikeouts. Lawson yielded three earned runs off four hits in his inning of work and was charged with the loss.
The Leafs used four pitchers in the game – Alberto Tirado who worked five innings, Diego Dominguez two innings and Andrew Simonetti and Zach Sloan one inning apiece.
Tirado gave up three earned runs off four hits and two walks while Dominguez surrendered two runs, one earned, off three hits and two walks. Simonetti walked one and Sloan yielded an earned run off a hit and a walk. Tirado had four strikeouts while the other three had one strikeout apiece.
The Barrie Baycats lead the league at 14-2 and are followed by the Kitchener Panthers (14-3), Welland Jackfish (9-8), London Majors (10-10), Hamilton Cardinals (6-8), Toronto, Guelph and Brantford Red Sox (1-16).
The Royals have back-to-back games with the Baycats on their schedule this week. They’re to play Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at Hastings Stadium and Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at Barrie’s Coates Stadium.
Maple Leafs 8 Royals 6
Guelph 200-012-001–6 8 3
Toronto 040-100-03x–8 14 2
- Guelph Sports Journal